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Expertise and The View from Below

(This post was created as an experiment using the WPMU Prefill Post Templates plugin). I answered (well, tried to answer anyway) a question posed in a LinkedIn Social Media group today. The question was basically, “If starting from scratch, what would you need (equipment, software, etc) to grow a big Social Media presence online”? In […]

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5 Reasons to Use Numbers in Post Titles

You hear the advice all the time – “post top 10 lists”, “post a comparison list”, and so on. Why? Because it absolutely works. Let’s see why…. 1. People Like Numbers and Lists You do it, don’t you? Create a “to do” list? You think of something that you need to do, but you can’t […]

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Perspectives

I just read this on Twitter, from @SciencePorn: “If the Sun was scaled down to the size of a white blood cell, the Milky way would be the size of the continental United States.” I started thinking about that. If the sun is the size of a white blood cell (which, by the way, is […]

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Fixing an Annoying Lenovo Flaw

(Photo credit: Wikipedia) I have and use a Lenovo Thinkpad T520 laptop. It is a great little machine – fast, reliable, lots of easy to use features. In general, I like Lenovo products and recommend them to others. However…. I absolutely HATE the DVD drive. It has a flaw that was starting to drive me […]

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Humbug Day is Right!

Today happens to be Humbug Day (the day you are supposed to be grumpy and mean, and get all of that out of your system before the actual Christmas holiday). It also happens to be the day when three Mountain West teams have bowl games. Here’s a rundown of them so far. New Mexico Bowl Colorado State (the Rams) […]

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Happy Cat Herder’s Day!

From Urban Dictionary: “…the common saying that something involving coordination of many different groups or people is as difficult as herding cats. ” The phrase is supposed to reveal a sense of frustration when trying to deal with uncooperative groups. You can use the phrase in just about any capacity. Just say something like “Managing […]

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Just Monkeying Around…

Today is Monkey Day, a day set aside to monkey around. It’s celebrated around the world by people acting like monkeys. The day is also intended to support and raise awareness of animal rights. Here’s some monkey stuff to celebrate (I like the monkey hat :)): 1. FurReal Friends Cuddles My Giggly Monkey Pet Who doesn’t […]

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Happy Violin Day to You…

Yep, it’s violin day. Hmmm. Guess I’ll celebrate – maybe a couple Kansas tunes? For fun, here’s a few fun violin related products. Enjoy! 1. Violin For Dummies, 2nd Edition The bestselling guide to teaching yourself the violin just got better Despite being one of the most popular musical instruments for budding musicians, the violin […]

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Today is Poinsettia Day!

Today commemorates the day American botanist and ambassador Joel Roberts Poinsett died. He originally discovered the Poinsettia (Euphorbia Pulcherrima) in Southern Mexico. Poinsettias are traditionally used as a decorative flower during the Christmas season. Mexicans believe the plants represent the Star of Bethlehem, which is one reason for their association with Christmas. Also, there’s a […]

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10 Fun Things to do With Beer (Besides Drinking It)

This post was inspired by an article I read called “For What Ales You”. A bad pun is always worth repeating 🙂 1. Clean Copper Pots I wish I could try this, but we haven’t owned a copper bottom pot for years. Apparently, the mild acidity in beer is good for cleaning copper. Just pour […]

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